Once Upon a winter - Valerie-Anne Baglietto
Source: Review copy from author.
Marrying the man of your dreams might be more literal than you think...
For Nell Jones the dream wasn't to last, though, and after struggling for years to bring up her twins on her own, she returns home to her family and the picture-book Welsh village where she grew up.
While Nell's daughter seems more or less a typical nine-year-old, her son isn't exactly average. No one can quite say why he is the way he is, until the village 'psychic' meets him for the first time. Suddenly, Nell has to question whether the husband who abandoned her seven years earlier was everything he seemed.
Without warning one night, he reappears in her life, throwing everything into disarray again and jeopardising a potential new romance. But whether she wants to or not, and regardless of the consequences, Nell is about to discover just how fine a line it is between fact ... and fairy tale.
As the curse of the book bloggers reading slump had me grasped in it's evil hands, I half heartily started Once Upon A Winter. Not knowing what to expect at all I started with a sigh. An hour later I put aside my kindle and smiled to myself, already Once Upon A Winter had restored my heart and pulled me out of my reading slump.
From the very beginning I was mesmerised and calmed by the unique and soothing flow it has upon you. The gripping plot thickening had me not wanting to do anything else at all but read. A book so mesmerising I am in awe of. A story about love so deep, so pure and so true that you find yourself swept into the heart and mind of Nell Jones. A timid, but hard shouldered woman, who lives for her Twins Joshua and Freya.
I cannot put into words properly how impressed I am by this book. I am so utterly thrown that I'm finding this review so very hard to write. So on that note all that I can ask you to do for me dear readers is trust me with my opinion on this one. Download a copy and see for yourself how one small welsh town and a heartbreak so deep can throw your mind into a whirlwind of utter pleasure and magic.
A book of multiple twists and turns in love, life and children. Not enough stars to give this book.
My book of the year so far.